BFF '21: Tapes from the Attic

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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmBFF '21: Tapes from the Attic

CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Art O’Laghaoire, Danny Devenny, Orla Walsh
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra InfoRecommended Age: PG
SeasonBelfast Film Festival

Tapes of previously unseen footage of a number of Republican prisoners who took part in the 1981 hunger strike were recently discovered in the attic of a house in Dublin.

The filming took place in December 1990 when the prisoners were released for a week on Christmas parole. Almost 16 hours of footage was recorded by Art O’Laghaoire, Danny Devenny, and Orla Walsh.

A 35-minute edited compilation from the entire 16 hours of footage will be screened, featuring the contributions from women only. These include former prisoners; Síle Darragh, who took over as Officer Commanding the republican prisoners from Mairéad Farrell once she went on hunger strike in 1980; Mary Doyle who took part in the 1980 hunger strike; and Jennifer McCann who was sentenced shortly after Bobby Sands began his hunger strike and who gave a speech from the dock during her trial. Mary Nelis, the mother of two sons on protest in the H-Blocks, and who went on to play a central role in the Anti H-Block/Armagh Jail campaign on the outside, is also featured.

Following the screening, Síle, Jennifer, and Mary Doyle will take part in a Q&A chaired by Eilish Rooney, Emeritus Scholar at the University of Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute.

Screening as part of the 21st Belfast Film Festival. Please note: all tickets are sold via the Belfast Film Festival box office. If you have any access requirements please get in touch with the box office before booking:

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